Mar 28 2019 Erickson has since been indicted for wire fraud by federal prosecutors in South Dakota. According to CNN, Butina has been cooperating with an investigation into Erickson in D. , where federal prosecutors have not brought charges against him. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said on Thursday. Alexander Torshin, who was a deputy governor of Russia's central bank, has been identified as the Russian official involved in Butina's case. Butina appeared briefly in federal court in Washington on Thursday. Maria Butina appeared briefly Thursday in federal court in Washington and U. The charges against Butina were brought by federal prosecutors in Washington, D.